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the government hit the debt ceiling at the end of december, but treasury secretary tim geithner was able to extend government funding through february 15. republicans want big spending cuts in exchange for raising the borrowing limit. president obama says he will not negotiate with congress paying its own bills. >>> did you see a big difference? the first paycheck of the new year brought surprises and raised eyebrows for at love people all over the country. as pam cook reports in our newsroom, it's not a good surprise, pam. it's expected to have a big impact on the economy. >> reporter: yes, it is. the country did not fall off that fiscal cliff but as a result, some people say it feels like their personal budgets did. the federal compromise means tax breaks for social security and medicare expire. for singles earning $200,000 a year, couples earning $250,000 a year, that translates to about a 2% cut to their take- home pay. one man said he and his wife are losing nearly $300 a month. that's their car payment or groceries for the month. the nonpartisan tax policy center estimates that 77%
they have downgraded to a u.s. credit rating. their debt ceiling debate may have ended higher with their ball recalls perry ebauer arena cost >> here is the bottom line right now, we have debt problems and the united states. we are borrowing at a record low. we go bankrupt and we shut down our country and we lose everything we are definitely needing to start to think about how to cut down spending very at just like mortgage rates will go higher. it is coming. >> it is like getting a credit card and 1%. when the federal government is one it is okay. it is a good time to borrow. but when it is 8% you do not want to the ballroom. >> a another winner is a the driverless cars that are coming to show rooms by 2020. there is a huge an initiative by the government. i keep coming back to, how about this. what about the older people that should not be driving. people want to keep their mobility. my mother can get in a car in the of the take herself to the rose restore. i like this idea. we will see more and more features of this. >> i'm let's talk about our questions. you can send in yo
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